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COVID-19 Update


5.28.20 POOLS UPDATE: Park District pools will not open for the 2020 pool season. 

5.20.20 CAMPS UPDATE: Camps 2.0 Guide is available. Priority registration begins Saturday, May 30. Registration for all Oak Park residents begins Monday, June 1. 

Click here for a  Pools Update from Jan Arnold, Executive Director, Park District of Oak Park

Click here for a Message from Jan Arnold, Executive Director, Park District of Oak Park

The Stevenson Park Skate Park and all Park District of Oak Park tennis and pickleball courts will reopen beginning May 29. Visitors are required to follow all social distancing guidelines including wearing face masks and limiting the number of users to 10 at a time.

Tennis/Pickleball Court Guidelines

Skate Park Guidelines

With Governor Pritzker's decision to cancel all in--school learning for the remainder of the school year, the Park District of Oak Park has decided to cancel all spring programming. All remaining balances paid to the Park District for the spring session will be applied back to individual accounts as a credit for use anywhere in the Park District. This credit will not expire and can be used towards any of our offerings. Please see more details about program cancellations at the bottom of this page. 

In alignment with Governor Pritzker's order on April 23, 2020 to extend the stay in place order throughout Illinois, all Park District facilities are closed with the exception of those listed above. This order also requires any individual over age two to wear a face mask when in public and outlines requirements for essential and non-essential stores and other businesses.

On April 24, 2020 Village of Oak Park's Department of Public Health issued a Supplemental Order prohibiting all special events and public gatherings of ten (10) or more persons scheduled for May and June 2020. The Park District has postponed all movies and concerts in the parks through at least June 30. Additionally the Park District will not be turning on drinking fountains or splash pads through June. Park District staff will continue to work with the Village of Oak Park in determining next steps for July.

All playgrounds are closed until further notice by the order of the State of Illinois as of March 20, 2020. Our public parks and our dog parks will remain open.  Dog park permit holders are asked to follow these guidelines. Additionally, we encourage the public to follow social distancing guidelines.

CDC guidelines about when and where to wear masks

As of March 25, 2020 the Oak Park Public Health Department has issued an order to close all Park District courts (including tennis, basketball, volleyball and pickleball) and all fields.

An additional order on March 25, 2020 states organized sport games or competition, such as baseball, softball, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, tag, football or similar activities, between persons at public parks or outdoor recreation areas are prohibited in order to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 disease. 

Read the supplemental 3.25. 2020 order in its entirety here

Residents are welcomed to walk park paths following social distancing guidelines.

If you or your family are looking for resources and information to cope with COVID-19 and its impact, here is a resource guide packed full of information and resources currently available in our community.

This guide will be updated with new information and resources on a weekly basis.

Illinois Stay at Home FAQs

COVID-19 Know the Facts

The intent of the Stay in Place Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.

VOP State of Emergency Declaration

VOP Shelter in Place Order

Program Cancellations

Please read this update from Executive Director Jan Arnold regarding summer day camps and other programs, pools, and facilities. 

May 1, 2020 Day Camp Cancellation letter

April 20, 2020 Update to Camp Participants

If you or a family member are registered for a current program that has been cancelled or postponed, a program supervisor will be in contact with you regarding program make-ups or refunds.

Staff Contact Info

The following is staff contact information for your questions. Most staff members are working remotely and can respond to your phone call within 24 hours.

If you have a question pertaining to a customer service matter such as program registration, refunds or transfers, please contact Scott Sekulich at 708.725.2023.

If you have a question pertaining to community center rentals or park permits, please call Scott Sekulich at 708.725.2023.

For Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex rentals please call Kayla Fauria at 708.725.2315.

For Conservatory rentals, please call Patti Staley at 708.725.2451.

For Cheney Mansion rentals please call Susan Crane at 708.725.2500.

To speak with other staff members regarding a program or facility question, please access our staff directory.

We will keep you updated as events unfold.

Read about the Village of Oak Park's actions to address the Coronavirus

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to address the Coronavirus issue.

Precautionary Steps

The CDC has advised that since there is no anti-viral prevention treatment currently available for the virus, taking common sense precautions is the best approach to adopt such as:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol if washing your hands with soap and water is not an option.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects in your home such as TV remotes, cell phones and computers.




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